Jordan Abdull will make his return from a lengthy injury against St Helens on Friday night, and the young halfback is focused on making an impact against the league leaders.
Since breaking his leg against Catalans Dragons at the end of April, the 22-year-old has worked religiously on his rehabilitation programme to enable him to return to action earlier than anticipated.
But due to Hull’s mounting injury crisis, Abdull’s earlier than expected return has been a breath of fresh air and he is hoping to play an important role in helping the Black & Whites get an important two points against in-form St Helens on Friday.
“For this game to be my return from injury, it’s a good thing because there’s a lot of importance lying on it and I’m hoping to help us get the win,” Abdull told hullfc.com after he was named in the 19-man squad to face Saints earlier today.
“I’ve got to give 100% for the team because it’s a must win game, but also because I need to test myself at fast pace to see if I really am ready after my injury.
“Like I said, I’m really hoping that I can put in a big shift and have an impact on the game, which will hopefully help us get over the line with a massive two points and knock their momentum off track.”
Although the creative halfback has had plenty of company from his fellow team mates in the physios room over the last two and a half months, the key frustration has been his inability to play rugby for a long period of time.
And the key thing for Abdull is getting back to his job on Friday night, something he has thoroughly missed during his spell on the sidelines.
“I’ve missed it massively! At the end of the day, it’s my job and I’m lucky to say that it’s something that I love the most,” he said.
“Being a rugby player and spending time out injured is frustrating because you’re not able to do the thing that you enjoy. Getting injuries is part and parcel of the sport - it’s a contact game - so I think I’ve served my time for this season!
“I’ve got to be thankful to the staff, too. Chris John and Dave Ferguson, the physios, have done a great job as well as people like conditioning staff Adam Whitney and Paul Hatton.”